Kant – What Can We Know and the Self

On some level, all important philosophy changes the assumptions behind a problem wrestled for decades or centuries by philosophers. In the case of Kant, he changed the assumptions behind a surprising number of philosophical problems. What can we know?  Can we know the objective truth?  Can we ground the truths of math/geometry?  Can we ground… Continue reading Kant – What Can We Know and the Self

Descartes – the Doubt Methodology

During the 17th and 18th centuries, in Europe the Enlightenment introduced the scientific method, which reshaped their conception of truth. Philosophers in the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian worlds during the Middle Ages constructed metaphysical frameworks, not unlike those of Plato and Aristotle. Science was quickly showing them they could not trust their senses. Even though… Continue reading Descartes – the Doubt Methodology